Besides dieting, there’s a quicker way to instantly look slimmer.

As much as we all strive to follow the right diet, and latest fad trend to help us shed that stubborn excess body fat, many of us simply don’t have the time or willpower to stick to these often unusual regimes.

Don’t fear, by learning how to dress to look slimmer, you can easily create the illusion of a slim waistline, defined curves and even longer legs.

All with a few simple slimming fashion tips!

So whether you’re a voluptuous, plus sized woman wanting to bring out that hourglass figure, a broad shouldered girl looking to define her waistline or a tough petite who’s fallen off the diet bandwagon, you’re sure to find the right fashion tips and tricks here to help you feel and look your best.

Here are 13 simple, yet effective slimming fashion tips and ideas to help you discover how to dress to look thinner and emphasize your most attractive features.


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Define your waist.

If you want to know how to dress to look slimmer, finding ways to define and cinch in your waist is a great place to start.

Making your waist appear narrower and more tucked in helps to create the illusion of an hourglass figure, even if you don’t truly have one.

To achieve this look, opt for some high waisted trousers with structured or pleated fabrics, and tuck loose fitting shirts into skirts and bottoms.

Cinch in dresses with a thin, not chunky belt, and consider wearing some thin shapewear beneath your clothes for some added definition.

Avoid Rounded Shoes.

Believe it or not, but rounded shoes make your legs look wider and shorter.

Opt for skinny heels with pointed tips. Legs look slim and sexy in skirts paired with a shoe that has a tapered toe and at least a 2 inch stiletto (that’s if you can walk in them of course).

That will draw all eyes onto you for the wrong reason. Go for shorter heels for a more casual, yet still highly attractive look rather than looking like Bambi on ice.

Skin Color is Your Best Friend.

Speaking of shoes, the color of them matters too. If you’ve got pale skin, wearing black heels can appear very jarring, and makes your legs look smaller and stumpy.

Nude colored shoes on the other hand gives the illusion of longer, slimmer and more defined legs by emphasising the silhouette of the calve.

Likewise if you’re a person of color, you’ll want to select shows which match your natural skin tone to achieve this look.

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Wear Correct Sizing Clothing.

Despite popular belief, wearing clothes a size too big doesn’t hide away the flab. If anything it highlights it.

Oversized clothing can make a person’s frame look frumpy and clumsy, drawing attention to all the problem areas.

Similarly, picking a size too small can lead to back fat, muffin tops and cellulite being exposed.

Always make sure to pick the correct size clothing for your frame.

Invest in Underwear That Fits.

A professional bra fitter can determine if you, like most women, are wearing the wrong-size band and cups.

Too small or too large a cup or band neither lifts, nor shapes.

Too snug panties can also create bulges, and a whole ‘visible panty line’ drama.

These lines disrupt the clean, sleek lines of top layers, contributing to bulk around the butt and hips.

Get a smooth derriere by choosing slim fitting underwear that’s the right size for your hips and chest.

Wear Heels with Skinny Jeans.

If you’re a fan of skinny jeans but feel self-conscious about the width of your legs, avoid flats and flip flops at all costs.

You can make your legs look longer by ensuring your denim is ankle-length (or slightly longer) and pairing them with a sexy pair of pointed-toed heels.

Invest in Shapewear.

If you really want to know how to dress to look slimmer, embrace shapewear.

Most women save shapewear only for special occasions, but with lots of variety on the market, there’s no reason it can’t become a daily staple to your wardrobe.

Shapewear helps to hide lumps, flatten bulges, and give an overall slimmer appearance.

Use Jewellery Strategically. 

Long necklaces help to add length to a short neck, and bring attention away from the hips and waist.

Chandelier necklaces draw attention to the face, not the waist, and bangles, sparkly cuffs and cocktail rings draw attention to the wrists rather than than the upper arms.

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Sport a Jacket Over Jeans.

The sleek straight lines from the jacket counteract excess curves.

If you’re looking to flatten your figure, pairing an open dark jacket with lighter plain denim jeans looks especially extra-slimming. 

Dress in One Color or Hue.

Tops and bottoms in the same color create an uninterrupted vertical line, making you look thinner and taller.

When you dress in 2 contrasting colors, the eye is instinctively drawn to where the colors meet, which is often the waistline.

Dressing in one color is a super simple way to elongate your body, making it look longer, thinner and taller in one sweeping look.

Wear Hair Up and Off Your Face.

Pull your luscious locks up into a ponytail, up and off your face. Lightly tease at the crown to bring out your bone structure and make your face appear thinner naturally. 

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Avoid Horizontal Stripes.

It’s no secret that horizontal stripes make our body look wider, but that doesn’t mean you need to avoid stripes completely.

Stripes tend to stick out on clothing, so it’s best to opt for smaller, thinner stripes rather than blocky, chunks.

Vertical stripes can be very slimming, although it’s best not to wear dark stripes which are harsh on the eyes.

A black top tucked into a pair of pin-striped pants can make your legs look instantly longer. 

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Cover Up in Cooler Climates.

If you live in a cooler climate, covering up with one piece of long outerwear can help to lengthen your figure without adding lots of unnecessary bulk.

Pair with your favorite skinny jeans and pointy toed heels to leave a stunning first impression.

Leave your coat open at the lapels or cinch at the waist with a small belt for a more flattering winter look.

Avoid Pleated Skirts and Dresses.

Pleats can look uber feminine, however, the moment they start to open up, they add much more bulk to your frame.

To achieve a true slimming effect, it’s best to avoid pleats altogether.

Hate Skinnys? Swap Them Out For Boot Cuts.

Draw away attention from your stomach and thighs with bootcut jeans, which naturally add height to your frame.

Choose a darker look with a high waist over white wash skinny jeans for maximum effect.

Pair with pointed shoes to finish the look.

Avoid Light-colored Jeans and Pants.

White and light-washed jeans and pants make your legs look thicker by highlighting the curves of your body.

Choose darker colors for a more slimming effect.

Wear V-Neck Tops with a Small Plunging Neckline.

Another highly effective tip on how to dress to look slimmer is to wear v-neck tops with a small plunging neckline.

Highlighting more of your upper body skin helps to draw more attention to your face, upper arms and neck rather than your legs, waist and hips.

Pair with a push-up bra if you’re worried about drawing attention to a smaller chest line.

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How to Make Yourself Look Skinny in Pictures

In addition to figuring out how to dress to look slimmer, you’ll want to pair these slimming fashion tips with some clever camera tips for a double whammy.

If you’ve ever felt good in the mirror only to take a picture and look like a different person, these tips will come in handy.

This is how to make yourself look skinny in pictures. 

Stick your chin up and out.

Sticking your chin up and out helps to elongate the neck, reducing the shadow under your neck and the appearance of a double chin.

Stand At a 45 Degree Angle.

If you want to look skinny in pictures, you’ll want to do your best being photographed head-on.

Instead, turn slightly to your right or left, point one foot towards the camera and lean your weight back onto the other foot.

Put your Hand on your Hip.

Is your natural instinct to put your hand on your hip when taking a picture? Keep doing it.

Not only does this make your arms look slimmer, but it creates an illusion of a smaller, more defined waist.

Photograph from Above.

If you want to know how to make your face look slimmer in photos, angle your camera slightly above your face to help lengthen your face and body.

Put Your Tongue To The Roof Of Your Mouth.

A weird slimming tip that oddly makes a big difference.

Placing your tongue just behind your teeth whilst smiling helps to tighten the skin under the neck, giving a more defined and chiseled jawline.

Use Fake Tan and/or Bronzer.

Fake it don’t bake it. A darker complexion has been proven to hide small imperfections on your skin such as scars, bumps, excess dark hair and even cellulite.

With a bit of fake tan and bronzer, your body can look more toned and tighter.

Whilst regular fake tanning is an art in itself, and costs quite a bit, every once in a while, give your skin a little color boost to look slimmer in the occasional photo.

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With this expert collection of tips and tricks you’ll be looking slimmer in no time.

Simply by swapping out some of your daily wardrobe items you can completely transform your look, appear thinner, accentuate your waistline and feel much more confident in photos too! Which tip are you thinking of trying first?